NOTICE TO ENCOURAGE PH.D.S TO APPLY FOR MENTORED PATIENT-ORIENTED RESEARCH 
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARDS (K23)

Release Date:  September 17, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-AI-01-028

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

PURPOSE

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) 
encourages applications for the Mentored Patient-Oriented Research 
Career Development Award (K23), from individuals holding the Ph.D. 
degree who are conducting or propose to conduct patient-oriented 
research. The K23 mechanism provides support for three to five years of 
supervised study and research for professionals who have the potential 
to develop into productive investigators in the area of patient-
oriented research. Individuals with backgrounds in engineering, 
computer science, and other quantitative areas of expertise are 
especially encouraged to apply.

For the purpose of this award, patient-oriented research is defined as 
research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin 
such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) that require 
direct interaction with human subjects.  This area of research 
includes: 1) mechanisms of human disease; 2) therapeutic interventions; 
3) clinical trials, and 4) the development of new technologies.

The rationale behind this notice is NIAID’s belief that the inclusion 
of more Ph.D.s may lead to more productive outcomes in patient-oriented 
research by promoting not only bench-to-bedside, but bedside-to-bench 
interactions. Application for K23s from Ph.D.s is already allowed under 
the present guidelines 
(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-004.html), 
although applications to NIAID for this award have been 
exclusively from individuals with the M.D. degree.

For more information, please contact:

Milton J. Hernández, Ph.D.
Director
Office of Special Populations and Research Training
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
6700B Rockledge Drive
Room 2133
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 496-3775
FAX:  (301) 496-8729
Email:  mh35c@nih.gov
Web site:  http://www.niaid.nih.gov/


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